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top secret. online whistle-blower wikileaks may be ready to publish more classified government documents. a chilling confession. the 911 call the connecticut gunman made after killing eight coworkers. >> you probably wonder why i shot this place up. and wyclef for president. in an exclusive interview, hip-hop star wyclef jean tells me about his bid to become the next leader of haiti. >> i have no qualifications to be president. i have qualifications for leader. this is the "cbs morning news" for august 6, 2010. good morning, everybody. thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. we begin with the online
whistle-blower wikileaks which may be on the verge of releasing more classified documents. last month wikileaks posted a batch of 77,000 secret u.s. military documents on the afghan war and says it held back thousands of others. now, wikileaks has posted an encrypted file named "insurance." it's 20 times larger than the original leak but impossible to crack. no one knows what it includes and wikileaks won't say. on thursday the pentagon demanded that wikileaks return the documents it has. >> these documents are the property of the u.s. government. and contain classified and sensitive information. public disclosure of additional defense department classified information can only make the damage worse. >> weeky leaks' editor-in-chief julian assange would not comment but said, it may be important to
ensure important parts of history don't disappear. omar thornton shot and killed eight coworkers before taking his own life tuesday, but before he killed himself, he called 911 and calmly explained his motives to the emergency operator. this is an edited version of the chilling conversation. >> this is omar thornton, the shooter over in manchester. >> yes. where are you, sir? >> i'm in the building. you probably want to know the reason why i shot this place up. this is a racist place. >> yep, i understand that. >> they treat me bad over here. and treat all other black employees bad over here, too. so i took it into my own hands. to handle the problem. i wish i could have got more of the people. >> thornton also said he was relaxed and wouldn't kill anyone else. and asked the operator to tell his family he loves them. in other news, elena kagan will be sworn in as the 112th justice of the united states supreme court on saturday. kagan was confirmed by the
senate thursday and she'll visit the white house today for a ceremony to mark her confirmation. the former solicitor general will be the fourth woman to serve on the court. it will be the first time three women served together on the nine-member court. now to the economy. the latest unemployment numbers are due out this morning and most analysts are not optimistic. it's expected that payrolls fell for the second month in a row. tara mergener is in washington with much more on this. good morning, tara. >> reporter: good morning, betty. the government says jobless claims are piling up now at levels not seen in three months. today's numbers are not expected to be strong. beverly gordon never imagined it would be so hard finding work. >> i feel like it's, in a sense, like a depression more so than a recession. >> reporter: she lost her job as an administrative assistant a year and a half ago and now holding down temp positions. now she says even though are hard to come by.
>> it seems like there's sort of an abyss there. i don't think the jobs really are there. >> reporter: today's unemployment report isn't expected to show any improvement. analysts predict the economy lost at least 65,000 jobs in july and the unemployment rate will edge up from 9.5% to 9.6%. the economy has grown in the past year, regaining 73% of the output lost during the recession. but only 7% of the more than 8 million jobs lost. >> huge disconnect between recovery and output and recovery and jobs. >> reporter: analysts agree. faster job growth is the key to getting the economy back on track. 13 million private sector jobs would need to be added by the end of 2013 to bring unemployment down to 6%. that's 320,000 new jobs every month. but beverly gordon can't wait until then. >> i feel that each passing day that i'm edging into that panic mode. >> reporter: her unemployment checks run out in november.
and the federal reserve will be looking closely at today's jobless report. weak numbers may add pressure to boost the economy and keep interest rates at record lows. betty, back to you. >> tara mergener joining us live. thank you. on the "cbs moneywatch," stocks in asia ended mixed this morning. ashley morrison is here in new york with the latest on that. good morning. >> good morning. yeah nikkei lost a fraction while hong kong's hang seng saw a late day rally. on wall street, stocks fell thursday after an unexpected jump in jobless claims. the dow dropped five pints while the nasdaq gave back ten. today's job report is expected to show the economy lost another 65,000 jobs last month, that includes the end of about 150,000 temporary census positions. one possible piece of good news, analysts predict private companies added 90,000 jobs. but without more, consumers are
likely to continue keeping a tight grip on their wallets, slowing the economic recovery even further. fannie mae is asking for $1.5 billion in additional taxpayer aid but that's actually a positive sign. the mortgage giant posted its best results since being put under government control in 2008. but still reported in a loss in the second quarter of more than $3 billion. that's compared to the $15 billion loss it reported this time last year. meantime, mortgage rates have hit yet another new low. according to freddie mac, the average rate for a 30-year fixed loan is down to 4.49%. that's the lowest since they started keeping records. the average for a 15-year fixed loan slipped to 3.95%. and they may come in 64 colors but now they're all just a little bit greener. crayola unveiled a 15-acre solar farm on thursday. the company says the 26,000 solar panels will capture enough
energy to produce about a third of the 3 billion crayons they make every year. the project was funded in part by $1.5 million in stimulus money. betty, that's 3 billion crayons. that's a lot. >> no doubt. ashley, thanks for joining us live in new york. do appreciated that. hip-hop star wyclef jean has begun his campaign to become the next president of haiti. he arrived in haiti thursday to register for the november 2th election and officially announce his candidacy. in an exclusive interview, i asked him about his qualifications. >> i have no qualifications for president. i have qualifications for a leader. the reason why i even entertain this idea is education, job creation, agriculture, bringing security into the country. >> reporter: haiti has a long history of corruption, cronyism. how are you going to handle that and make that change?
>> if i am not corrupted, then there's a chance of me putting the right team around me that's not corrupted where we can start to do business the right way. >> there are questions about jean's eligibility to run. the haitian constitution requires a candidate to live in haiti for five consecutive years before the election. jean says he has a home in haiti and he is eligible. you can see more of pie exclusive interview with wyclef jean this morning on "the early show." just ahead on the morning news -- a slow rehab for the gulf in the wake of the oil spill. plus, curb chaos. a wild police chase that had the suspects speeding on the sidewalk.
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cars, he drove down a sidewalk at high speeds. an officer chasing him ended up slamming into a tree. but even after yet another collision that left the suspect stuck and surrounded with cops that had their guns drawn, he fought back and eventually had to be carried to a police car. now to this -- a minnesota man sent to prison for a fatal crash involving a toyota has been freed. lee testified in his 2007 trial that he tried to stop but the accelerator on his toyota stuck. millions of toyotas were later recalled because of similar claims. >> i am very happy to see the world again. i am very happy to see my wife, my children. i really happy about that. so, i think the first thing i'm going to do is spend time with my family. >> lee served 2 1/2 years of an
eight-year sentence. and was granted a new trial, but the prosecutor declined to press the case. another deadly heat wave has its grip on the eastern half of the country, especially in the south. from oklahoma to georgia and points north, at least 18 states if all, triple-digit temperature and high humidity are taking a toll. more than two dozen deaths are blamed on the heat this week. at least 16 in mississippi and tennessee alone. now to the gulf where bp is claiming success its runaway well is finally sealed but the job of plugging the well is still not finished and recovery work along the coast is just beginning. joel brown has more from venice, louisiana. >> reporter: engineers finished pumping cement down a mile of pipe, finally sealing bp's blown out well. they say they'll continue to monitor the well to make sure everything went as planned. >> this is not the end but it will virtually assure us that there will be no chance of oil leaking into the environment.
>> reporter: the next step, the relief well. where teams will pump concrete this time through the so-called bottom kill, to reinforce thursday's top kill. but plugging the well is just the beginning of a long recovery for the gulf coast. the 205 million gallons of oil spilled has managed to stain more than just the water. louisiana's seafood industry has been hit hard. it needs to rebuild its reputation. since the spill, various labs have given gulf fish a clean bill of health. >> if it's alive, it has not been impacted by the oil spill. >> reporter: but for fishermen like richie, who's been making a living by helping with the clean-up, that's little xft. you don't know how long you'll have a check from bp and you also don't know what's going to be left when you go back to fishing. >> exactly. exactly. you're definitely right. you do it a whole bunch longer and you still don't know if you'll get the fish when you go back out there. >> reporter: his business is yellowfin tune fa.
he worries oil still deep in the gulf will wipe out his catch for years to come. joel brown, cbs news, venice, louisiana. straight ahead -- your friday morning weather. and in sport, who does this guy think he is? spider-man? knknock knock. hey! it's finally ready. [ female announcer ] just because a counter looks clean, doesn't mean it is clean. but with one sheet of bounty, you'll have confidence in your clean. in this lab test, just one sheet of bounty leaves this surface three times cleaner
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partly cloudy and 85 in denver. los angeles, it's sunny and 79. time now for a check of the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows storms sitting over the southeast and on through the rocky mountains. later today a picture perfect summer day for the northern plains into the northeast. the southeast sees more heat and humidity. and scattered thunderstorms are expected in the rockies and southern plain. in sports, a big win for the atlanta braves. tim lincecum on the mound for the visiting giants. san francisco took an early lead, but the braves quickly tied it up on a two-run homer by alex gonzalez. that's the way it stayed until the sixth when eric hinske went deep and atlanta held on to win it 3-2. in the american league, the angels' torii hunter hit a three-run home in the eighth inning tying it 4-4 with the orioles in baltimore. in the bottom of the ninth, cesar izturis hit an rbi single
for the win, 5-4. the orioles are 3-0 under the new manager buck showalter. and it looked like a big comeback for the rays when pinch hitter jason bartlett put one over the wall for a grand slam in the eighth inning, tying the game 6-6 about you the visiting twins came back in the ninth with a freak pop fly. it hit a catwalk near the ceiling of tropicana field and landed near the mound for an rbi in the twins 'victory new finally, baseball from yeah pan and what has got to be the outfield catch of the year. the center fielder for the hiroshima carp literally climbs the wall to take away a home run. then calmly drops back down to the playing field. look at it again. that is quite amazing. up the wall, made the catch, jumped down, all in a flash. pretty remarkable. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. and spanish holidays.
oakland police respond to a burglary in progress. what they came across was much more. coming up at five: we'll hear from one of the men who got arrested. commuters taking public transit into san francisco will have to change their ways starting monday. today is the last day of operation for the transbay terminal. why many are glad to see it go. and the next step in the battle over proposition eight. what the judge in the same sex marriage case considers today. and when we can expect the first appeal to be heard. and there are changes in store for the television show, entertainment tonight. join us for cbs 5 eyewitness news early edition ... beginning at five. good morning... it's friday...
good morning... it's friday... on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. dryer skies and pleasant conditions are taking over the northern plains and northeast. showers and storms will linger over the southeast and southern plains. and the west coast is looking marvelous from top to bottom. here's another look at this morning's top stories. online whistle-blower wikileaks may be poised to release more classified government documents. it has posted an encrypted file on its website, 20 times larger than the one released last week. the latest unemployment numbers are due out this morning. it's expected payrolls fell for the second month in a row. first lady michelle obama and daughter sasha enjoyed the final day of their vacation in spain. while mrs. obama is trying to keep a low profile there, some
critics are drawing attention to the cost of the trip. sharyl attkisson reports. >> reporter: it's not unusual for a first lady to take a private trip abroad and nobody expects her to stay in a cheap hotel. but with the u.s. economy in such dire straits, critics argue the trip is simply in poor taste. the obamas already took flack for hawking the gulf -- >> and everybody should come here. >> reporter: -- then choosing maine for their own vacation. few details of the spain trip are known. purely personal parts will be paid for by mrs. obama and friends. official portions -- the first lady will visit the king and queen will be on the taxpayers' dime. that includes transport on the air force version of a 757, $146,000 for the round trip, not counting four to five days ground time. expenses for mrs. obama's support staff. and the mandatory secret service detail which could number 70 agents.
at $273 a day federal per diem, that's $95,000 just for secret service room and board. >> i see no problem. >> i think it shows questionable judgment. >> reporter: long gone on the days with a president's wife could quietly duck the limelight. jackie kennedy's trip to italy was a scandal to some because she went without her husband. one newspaper called mrs. obama marie antoinette. the french queen who thought little of her poor subjects as she draped herself in extravagance. analyst ruth marcus disagrees. >> i'm not sure this was politically matter. i don't see it as a let them eat cake moment, unless we think it's only acceptable for them to have a staycation and clean the closets. >> reporter: they plan a weekend in panama city, florida, when she return. sharyl attkisson, cbs news, white house. earlier on "the early show,"
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in japan this morning a ceremony to honor those who died in the bombing of hiroshima on the 65th anniversary of the world's first atom bomb attack. for the first time, an american official attended the annual memorial. 140,000 people doid as a result of the bombing of hiroshima, which along with the bolling of nagasaki three days later was instrumental in ending world war ii new ba ii. back here a crackdown on homegrown terror. federal prosecutors have charged 14 people, including seven u.s. citizens, with providing support to a terror group in somalia. bob orr reports.
>> reporter: u.s. prosecutors say this is the new face of terror. his name is omar hamammi, a u.s. citizen from alabama. he's emerged as a ring leader of terrorist group al shabab. which is fighting african troops for control of that country. his interview videos like this one praising a fellow jihadist killed in an attack are being used to recruit other americans to the terrorist cause. >> we need more like him. so, if you can encourage more of your children and more of your neighbors and anyone around you to send people like him to us, it would be a great as is set. >> reporter: the justice department charged hamammi and 13 others from the u.s. with funneling money and fighters to somalia. >> we are seeing an increasing number of individuals, including u.s. citizens who have become captivated by extremist ideology and have taken steps to carry out terrorist objectives, either at home or abroad. >> reporter: the 12 men indicted in the case are now on an fbi
"wanted" poster. they're not in custody and are believed to be fighting with al shabab in somalia. two women charged with raising money for the terror group by going door to door in somali neighborhoods in minnesota were arrested. minneapolis with the largest somali population is ground zero for al shabab recruitment. terror experts say over the past ten years, three dozen men from that area have left the u.s. to join al shabab's ranks. many families have turned to the fbi for help. >> it's their kids that have been recruited. in some cases, ended up as casualties in somalia. you know, parents are parents and they're very concerned. >> reporter: al shabab, with links to al qaeda, has primarily focused on conflicts inside sew pal yeah but the group took credit for the twin bombings last month in uganda, which killed more than 70 world cup soccer fans. now al shabab is threatening to spread its violence to the west. with so many al shabab fighters
carrying u.s. passports, the threat to america cannot be dismissed. >> i think that has always been the worst case scenario, that american somalis or others could be enlisted, trained and then deployed to hit sites in the united states. >> reporter: u.s. officials say so far there's no evidence that al shabab is planning any kind of attack against america. and those young men who left for the fight in somalia are not yet tried to come home. bob orr, cbs news, washington. and that's the "cbs morning news" for this friday. i'm betty nguyen. have a great weekend. have a great weekend. ,,,,